Airport fuel trucks back in service after weekend repairs
July 20, 2010 @ 11:15 PM
JEAN TARBETT HARDIMAN
HUNTINGTON — Huntington Tri-State Airport experienced some flight disruptions over the weekend after rare complications with its two jet aviation fuel trucks.
One was taken out of service for clutch and transmission problems last week, and while that was down, the computer system that pumps fuel onto the airport’s second truck went out of service on Saturday evening. So the airport was unable to bring trucks out to pump fuel to the aircraft, airport Director Jerry Brienza said.
The problem affected flights Sunday and Monday.
“We were able to pump fuel into aircraft on Sunday and Monday, and the total problem was cleared up about 1:30 p.m. Monday,” Brienza said. About seven flights were affected.
Allegiant Airlines had three flights that had delays. One was 43 minutes, one was 28 minutes and one was five minutes.
Delta had one 15-minute delay as a result of the fuel truck problems. US Air had three flights delayed — one for 40 minutes, one for 38 minutes and one for 12 minutes. It also caused five people to be bumped from a flight coming from Charlotte so that the plane could carry more fuel.
Unrelated to the fuel truck issues was a canceled flight from Charlotte that was due to the weather in Charlotte, Brienza said.
Both trucks were back in service Monday afternoon after roughly $10,000 in repairs, he said.
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